Yankees Key Player Hits Injured List For Considerable Length Of Time

Another brutal injury break for the New York Yankees, as for the second time this season, they'll have to spend considerable time without the man who's proven to be one of their best players.

Center fielder Harrison Bader has hit the injured list with a hamstring strain, and it won't be a quick return, from all accounts.

He's expected to be out “probably a few weeks,” said manager Aaron Boone. The injury occurred during Monday night's game.  

Bader already missed the first month of the season with an oblique strain. Since returning, he's posted an .806 OPS, with six homers, six stolen bases and 19 RBIs in just 26 games while playing stellar defense in center. 

The Yankees knew what they were getting into when they acquired Bader last season from the St. Louis Cardinals, as he couldn't even join the team for six weeks due an existing injury. 

He exploded onto the scene, however, was a force in the playoffs, and picked up where he left off this season. 

But the Yanks will have to make do once again without their sparkplug and CF. Aaron Judge, Greg Allen and Isaih Kiner-Falefa should combine to pick up the slack in center in Bader's absence. 

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